Florida Keys Outfitters
20 Apr 2018

South Florida Fly Shops: Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Supplies

Over the last few years I have frequented quite a few South Florida fly shops. I wanted to share my observations on what each shop had to offer. Keeping things simple, I am using Excellent, Good, Fair, and Limited as a scale for rating their available in-store selection. In order

Capt JD Hess 0
Wired Bendback Charlie: Chartreuse
07 Mar 2018

Fly Fishing Florida: Top 10 Fly Patterns for 2018

2018 Top 10 Saltwater Flies for South Florida and the Keys This is an awfully big topic to cover, for starters. South Florida is the sport fishing capital of the world for a reason. In a relatively small amount of square miles, there are numerous types of environments yielding an

Capt JD Hess 0
Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Nylon Pant
28 Dec 2016

Columbia’s Silver Ridge Convertible Nylon Pant: Goes Anywhere Perfectly

Never thought you could wear one specific pair of pants in so many environments. I’m so fortunate to have stumbled across Columbia’s Silver Ridge Convertible nylon pant . It’s so easy to get in and out of the water with these, and stay cool. This is the perfect pant for

Capt JD Hess 0
Biscayne Bay: Baby Blue Crab
25 Jun 2016

Indigenous Inspiration: Florida Crab Patterns

TYING BLUE CRAB FLIES Call it “matching the hatch” or what you will, sticking close to local fly patterns will always yield reasonable results. A good majority of “tailing” fish like to pick up crustaceans off the bottom, especially in skinny water (on the flats or in the shallows). Pictured

Capt JD Hess 0
Tarantula Shrimp: Olive
30 May 2016

Tarantula Shrimp: Olive

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource. Fly-Tying Materials Design

Capt JD Hess 0
Poppin Flats Shrimp: Brown
29 May 2016

Poppin Flats Shrimp: Brown

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource. Fly-Tying Materials Design

Capt JD Hess 0
Flash Fur Baitfish: Gold
28 May 2016

Flash Fur Baitfish: Gold

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource. Fly-Tying Materials Design

Capt JD Hess 0
High Tie Ostrich Clouser: Purple
05 May 2016

High Tie Ostrich Clouser: Purple

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource. Fly-Tying Materials Design

Capt JD Hess 0
Crystal River Shrimp
03 May 2016

Crystal River Shrimp

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource. Fly-Tying Materials Design

Capt JD Hess 0
Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing
31 Mar 2016

Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing

Capt Jesse Males connected with us at Fly Mastery back in JAN 2016. After some time exchanging e-mails and photos, it was apparent he also had a passion for fly-fishing, fly-tying, and the adventure that comes with the fly-fishing lifestyle. Over the last two months I received amazing photography of

Capt JD Hess 0